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Coaching Czechs for interviews and recruitment processes at EU institutions


A priority for Czech’s foreign policy is strengthening the voice of the Czech Republic within Europe and EU institutions. For this reason, the Diplomatic Academy has been tasked with assisting Czech diplomats’ preparation for recruitment competitions at the European External Action Service. It also supports state officers seeking positions within various EU institutions.

Assistance and preparation is focused on transferring knowledge from experts in three ways. The first is through round table discussions. Here, those who were successful in the EU recruitment process can, thus, share their personal experiences and advice with their colleagues. The second component is the organisation of an annual one-day information seminar. This seminar ensures that candidates from within all areas of the Czech state administration are familiar with the various levels and types of job positions available, as well as the criteria and selection processes for EU institutions. Interested candidates can acquire concrete information on how to apply and prepare for the final phase of the recruitment process – the interview. For this purpose, the cooperation with the prestigious French National School of Administration - ENA, which organises one-day workshops for the Diplomatic Academy, has proven to be highly effective.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic also participates in the Brussels’ European Personnel Selection Office project “EU Careers Ambassadors” aimed at students of Czech universities. Its goal is to present the work of EU institutions and their hiring policies so that participating students, or “EU ambassadors”, may initiate information campaigns at their respective universities.

The next step in the preparation of Czech citizens working in EU institutions – a seminar on EPSO tests in Brno and Prague


In Prague and Brno all-day workshops were held to prepare Czechs for passing competitions at the EU institutions - EPSO tests. Nearly 150 participants learned how the tests are run and how to… more ►